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Ceres High girls hold on
Ceres High School's varsity girls basketball team squeaked out a 31-29 win over Central Catholic in Western Athletic Conference play on Jan 5.

The Bulldogs completed a series sweep of the Raiders with a 41-38 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Ceres High (9-12, 4-5) proved the first win wasn't a fluke.

Central Catholic competed at full strength during the second meeting.

"This is a big win," Bulldogs head coach Vanessa Morris said. "The girls worked hard for it."

Ceres High's Bryce Ford scored a team-high 16 points during the rematch.

Breanna Freitas and Dia Borden totaled seven and six points, respectively.

Ashton Frampton and Allison Gunter finished with three points apiece.

Jessica Ellsworth, Laura Story and Ryleigh Honberger all contributed two points.

Ceres High executed its game plan to perfection while building an 18-4 lead in the first period. Ford tallied 11 points. Gunter buried a 3-pointer. Borden and Freitas each contributed two points.

"We all played well," Bryce said.

The Bulldogs made just enough plays down the stretch to secure the victory. Borden, Ford and Story scored four, three and two points, respectively. Ellsworth had one point.

Central Catholic got within two points twice in the fourth quarter.

"Whenever it's that close, I get nervous," Ford said.

Visiting Ceres High lost 46-32 to first-place Los Banos on Thursday.

Ford had 19 points against the Tigers, who moved a half-game ahead of Central Valley and Patterson in the WAC standings.

Frampton and Freitas both tallied five points.

Gunter added three points.

Ceres High led 19-11 at the break.

The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 28-5 in the third period.

Ceres High entered the week as the 21st-best team in the first installment of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings. Central Catholic was ninth in D-V.

The top 16 teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.

"We want to win the rest of our games," Ford said.

The Bulldogs will play host to Patterson this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.